Make a Game! PICO-8 Workshop

DARIENZO QGCon 2015 headshot updatedSPEAKER: Gabby DaRienzo

ABSTRACT:
Please note: participants will need to bring their own laptops to participate in this session.

From PICO-8’s website: “PICO-8 is a fantasy console for making, sharing and playing tiny games and other computer programs. When you turn it on, the machine greets you with a shell for typing in Lua commands and provides simple built-in tools for creating your own cartridges”

In this workshop participants will be introduced to PICO-8 and will be playing with its built-in tools to make graphics, levels, sound effects, and music for their own platformer games! We will also be running over the basics of Lua scripting and teaching participants how to customize their game using Lua commands.

PICO-8 is quickly becoming a popular tool for alt game developers, and due to it’s all-in-one editor, is a great tool for people who are new to game development. This 1hr (ish) workshop is designed for people who are new to game making, but also people who are interested in using PICO-8 to make games!

Pico-8 keys donated by Dames Making Games

SPEAKER BIO:
Gabby DaRienzo is a Toronto-based graphic designer + game developer who has been working in the games industry for 4+ years. When she’s not making or playing video games, Gabby volunteers with Dames Making Games (Toronto) and teaches youths how to make video games using programs like Unity, Game Salad, and PICO-8! You can find her over at Twitter as @gabdar